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Rhachistia rhodotaenia shell.jpg
Drawing of apertural and abapertural view of the shell of Rhachistia rhodotaenia.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Stylommatophora
informal group Orthurethra

Superfamily: Enoidea
Family: Cerastidae
Wenz, 1923[1]

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  • Pachnodidae Steenberg, 1925
  • Cerastuinae Wenz, 1930

Cerastidae is a family of air-breathing land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the superfamily Enoidea, (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005).

The family Cerastidae has no subfamilies.


Genera in the family Cerastidae include:


Anatomically speaking, there is no flagellum in the reproductive system of snails in the family Cerastidae, and this is what distinguishes this family from its sister group the family Enidae.[2]


  1. ^ Wenz W. (2 August 1923) "Gastropoda extramarina tertiaria" Fossilium catalogus, I: Animalia. 3387 pp., published in parts: Part IV, Pars 21: 1069-1420. Cerastidae is on the page 1072.
  2. ^ Mordan P. B. (1992) "The morphology and phylogeny of the Cerastuinae (Pulmonata: Pupilloidea)". Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) 58, 1–20.

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